Today in history for Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013


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Today is Thursday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2013. There are 313 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: The conscription law still excites public indignation. Men ofmeans, however, are jubilant at getting clear upon the payment of $300.
1888 -- 125 years ago: The logging season, which annually opens hundreds of jobs inRock Island Mills, likely will open within a week or two.
1913 -- 100 years ago: The ninth annual Ball of the Progressive Railway Lodge No.695, Industrial Association of Machinists, will be held tomorrow night in Industrial Hall,Rock Island. George W. Gunther, Ray D. Gerlich and Otto L. Siegrist are members of theplanning committee.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Plans to put Rock Island's Works Progress Administration sidewalk repair program inoperation were announced today.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Soprano Maria Baldwin, a graduate of Moline High School, hassigned a contract to sing with the Metropolitan Opera, beginning next season. As far as isknown, she is the first Moliner ever to get a Metropolitan contract.
1988 -- 25 years ago: The children's department of the Moline Public Library will say"Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss" from 2 to 3 p.m. March 5 at the main library. This hour is for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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